White House pushing to admit 72,000 Afghans despite vetting problems

It has been just over a year since President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan ended with the killing of 13 American service personnel and a wave of people fleeing the country.

This week, Breitbart reported that the Biden administration is attempting to permanently settle over 72,000 Afghans in the United States despite serious questions over how they have been vetted. 

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That move comes in the form of a recent funding package the White House recently  submitted which contains the following provisions:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an Afghan national is hereafter eligible to apply for adjustment of status as described in subsection (b), if the Afghan national:

(1) was paroled into the United States under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)) between July 31, 2021 and September 30, 2023; and

(2) successfully completed background checks and screening in accordance with the policies and procedures put in place as part of Operation Allies Welcome (or any predecessor or successor operation) or equivalent background checks and screening.

In addition to being backed by Democrats, the proposal is also supported by a coalition of 49 GOP members of the House and Senate.

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Yet as Breitbart noted in August, Republican Sens. Josh Hawley (MO) and Ron Johnson (WI) sent a letter to Department of Defense Inspector General Sean O’Donnell that cited disturbing whistleblower reports regarding some of those who have been let in.

“According to new allegations, 324 individuals evacuated from Afghanistan were allowed to enter the United States, despite appearing on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL),” they wrote.

“The BEWL—commonly known as ‘the watch list’—identifies individuals whose biometrics have been collected and determined by analysts to be threats or potential threats to national security, including known suspected terrorists (KST),” they continued.

They added, “This is in addition to the reportedly 65 individuals who are known to have entered the country without adequate vetting.”